Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Dunwoody parents praise DeKalb School’s Austin redistricting plan, but want long-term solution

Many Dunwoody parents praised the DeKalb County School District’s staff-recommended redistricting plan at a Nov. 20 meeting, saying it provides relief to the cluster and reduces the number of portable classrooms. But overcrowding is not a temporary problem, parents said as they continued to push the district for a long-term solution. “For the county as a whole, there is a not a long-term plan,” one parent said. “We are going to be back here in two years from being overcrowded again.” The meeting, held at Dunwoody High School, was the last of three public meetings for residents to comment...

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Additional protections for cyclists, pedestrians approved by Dunwoody council

A new ordinance that adds protections for cyclists and pedestrians beyond what state law requires is now official in Dunwoody. The City Council approved the “vulnerable road user” ordinance at its Nov. 18 meeting and is believed to be the first city in Georgia to have such a law. “I’m proud that the City Council demonstrated leadership and we’re blazing a new trail in the state of Georgia,” said Councilmember Tom Lambert, who led the effort to pass the ordinance. The ordinance was first introduced in September.  “I think this is big public safety issue,” he said. “We want...

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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport launches flight-tracker noise complaint system

DeKalb-Peachtree Airport has launched a web-based noise complaint system that allows users to identify disruptive aircraft on live flight-tracking radar. The “Symphony PublicVue” system, available on the DeKalb County website, was presented at a Nov. 18 meeting of the PDK Airport Advisory Board by Korey Barnes, the facility’s new environmental and noise analyst. The system shows aircraft flying around PDK in a live radar feed that is on a 10-minute “security delay.” Some information about each flight, such as its number and destination, may be available. The system also allows users to file noise complaints via a form, if...

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Pay raises approved for Dunwoody city manager, clerk

Merit pay raises for the Dunwoody city manager and city clerk are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. The City Council approved the pay raises for City Manager Eric Linton and City Clerk Sharon Lowery at the Nov. 18 council meeting. The raises were approved separately as part of the consent agenda with no discussion. Linton, who has been with the city since 2014, is currently paid $198,432. His contract allows for annual pay raises based on performance. The council approved his salary increase to $201,408 beginning Jan. 1. Linton’s salary will be bumped up again on March...

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After plane hits homes, residents and officials debate PDK Airport accident statistics

Following a fatal crash in October where a private plane smashed into DeKalb County townhomes, residents and officials dueled with accident statistics at a Nov. 18 meeting of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Advisory Board, debating just how safe it is to live near a facility that sees about 150,000 takeoffs and landings a year. The stats on both sides were flawed, limited and open to wide interpretation. The big picture is that the chance of being hit by a plane from PDK is extremely low, but also not zero. And the discussion is just the latest chapter in a decades-long...

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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s history of crashes

The wreck of a private plane into DeKalb County townhomes in October has brought renewed attention to the possibility of accidents around DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The risks to any one person or property are extremely low, but the list of accidents is long since the airport, located in Chamblee on the Brookhaven border, switched from military to civilian public use in the late 1950s. Today’s tensions between the busy airport and its surrounding neighborhoods began in the 1970s, and involved safety concerns from the start. A 1976 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article said, “When most people think of DeKalb-Peachtree, they probably think...

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Dunwoody approves policy that bans all religious symbols from City Hall

Dunwoody City Hall will not be decorated with any religious symbols this holiday season as part of a new policy approved Nov. 18 by the City Council. But a list defining which religious symbols were to be banned was scrapped after some residents said including menorahs on the list could be discriminatory. The council began discussing in October a policy to ban religious symbols in common areas of city buildings after a resident wanted to put up a Nativity scene in City Hall. The city’s legal staff suggested banning all Christian, Jewish and Muslim symbols including crosses, the menorah...

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Recommended updates to Dunwoody Village likely to need city financial backing

City officials are finalizing details on recommended changes to Dunwoody Village to create a more vibrant mixed-use downtown district. How to pay for some of the new zoning regulations and recommendations including public green spaces include calls for the city to put its own money to update the area known as the heart of the city. Dunwoody Village is a retail and restaurant hub at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads surrounded by residential neighborhoods. A 2011 master plan for the 165-acre area envisioned the commercial area with a “village green” that would attract residents and visitors...

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Dunwoody Mayor Shortal’s last town hall Nov. 19 to include ‘transparent’ dialogue

Dunwoody’s outgoing mayor Denis Shortal’s last town hall on Tuesday, Nov. 19, is expected to include a “transparent and informative dialogue” about city issues, according to a press release. The town hall starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The meeting will begin with a presentation by Shortal followed by a “transparent and informative dialogue,” according to a press release. Questions or comments can be submitted in advance by emailing communications@dunwoodyga.gov. Notecards will also be available during the meeting for people to submit questions. Shortal announced in April at the 10th State of City that he was...

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Light Up Dunwoody holiday celebration returns Nov. 24

Light Up Dunwoody, the annual holiday tradition, returns on Nov. 24. The free event begins at 3 p.m., including a visit from Santa and live reindeer, music and dance performances, face-painting, cookie-decorating and other activities. It concludes with a tree-lighting and menorah-lighting at 5:45 p.m. In addition, the Dunwoody Police Department will be at the event collecting new, unwrapped holiday gifts for children ages newborn to 16. The event is held around the historic Cheek-Spruill House at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads. The event is presented by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust and...

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Eats Beat: Recent restaurant openings 

The following restaurants opened in Reporter communities the week of Nov. 11. 285 Colonial Kitchen, a French-Vietnamese fusion restaurant, opened in The Prado shopping center at 5610 Roswell Road on Nov. 14. The owner, Duc Tran, also owns Vietnamese seafood restaurant 575 Bistro in Kennesaw. The menu includes French-inspired bites, Bahn mi sandwiches and pho. For more information, visit 285colonialkitchen.com. Big B’s Fish Joint opened in the Gateway complex at 4600 Roswell Road on Nov. 13. Barry Mills, co-founder of FLIP Burger Boutique in Atlanta, brought the restaurant to Sandy Springs. The menu offers classic seafood options in salads,...

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Dunwoody Police crime reports, Oct. 13-Nov. 10

From Dunwoody Police reports Oct. 13 through Oct. 26. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website. Larceny/Shoplifting/Theft   4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 13, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 13, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4300 block of Winters Chapel Road — On Oct. 13, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 100 block of Perimeter Center West — On Oct. 14, in the afternoon, items from a...

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